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“Everything that is possible now seemed impossible before someone figured out a way to make it possible.” Have you ever seen a penguin fly? Do you think it can? Ingrid is a penguin living in Antarctica. All she dreams about is flying, but the other penguins keep telling her that penguins can’t fly. After a chance meeting with a couple of pigeons from New York, she learns of a place where she can learn to fly. The only problem is that she needs to find a way to get there. Ingrid is not a penguin who gives up, and, once she finally reaches New York City, she follows her journey to a place where she can learn to fly – well, at least she believes she can. And that’s all that matters in life: pursuing what we believe in and believing in ourselves.
Scott McDermott’s picture book story, A Penguin’s Quest, is all about believing and the determination to follow a dream no matter how difficult it might appear. The author weaves a clever plot around fascinating details about penguins. With colorful illustrations that clearly depict the plot’s development, this story will enthrall young readers of all ages. Ingrid, the penguin protagonist, is a dreamer, but she’s also a penguin with a determined streak that will lead her toward achieving her goals. The message is clear: follow your dreams, work hard, and never give up. Along her journey, Ingrid meets other creatures, both those who fly and those who don’t, and makes friends that help her achieve her destination and ultimate goal. This is a powerful and engaging story that will both teach and entertain. Loved it.